Tuesday, October 6

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 7, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 7 Project Feedback assignment. The Week 7 Project Feedback assignment is available now, with random groups ready to go: Project Feedback assignment. For those of you who will be out of town for OU-Texas weekend, you can go ahead and do this assignment now!

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook and Portfolio assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday before 6PM, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned in something later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

OU-Texas Weekend. Friday is a school holiday, although since there is nothing actually due on Friday, I haven't adjusted the schedule in any special way. If you are going to be out of town, you'll want to finish up the assignments before Friday, and I'll have the blog commenting groups ready to go on Thursday afternoon. I'm hoping to take Friday off myself, so if you want comments on your project before the (long) weekend, make sure to get that turned in by Thursday noon at the latest.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Let's eat Grandma!. Punctuation saves lives. :-)

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are CAPITAL and CAPITOL. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Jackals of Telekeshi: Tales of the Watering Hole. The jackal is a troublemaker and trickster, and the lion, baboon, and giraffe all have stories to tell about him.

Free Book Online: Nights With Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris. This blog post provides additional information about this collection of wonderful stories about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Buzzard, and the rest.

India Comic Book: The Pandavas in Hiding. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It tells the story of the Pandavas' exile following the disastrous gambling match.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is An untouched drum does not speak (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. My advice to everyone: play your drum!

Today's Video: The Mahabharata . This is another one of Amy Burvall's history mash-up videos: the Mahabharata as inspired by "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band. You'll see that she's used scenes from a popular Indian television of the Mahabharata to make the video.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat never stops learning because... NOW is the time to start learning a new skill. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Horton on "Motifs and Iconography in the Sacred & Ceremonial Textiles and Basketry of Southeastern Societies" at 7PM in the Kerr Auditorium in the Sam Noble Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 6: William Tyndale. On this day in the year 1536, the religious scholar William Tyndale was executed. His crime was translating the Bible into English. He was strangled in a public execution, and his body was then burnt at the stake. His last words were reportedly, "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes!" (the King of England at the time was the notorious Henry VIII). You can read about Willian Tyndale's remarkable life and scholarly career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows Tyndale at the stake:

Note: You can page back through the older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.